James William Reed
December 2, 2008
James William Reed, 80, of Greeley died peacefully Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, 2008, with his son and daughter at his side at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northern Colorado Inpatient Unit, Greeley.
On Aug. 11, 1928, Mr. Reed was born to Eugene B. and Dorothy Reed (Lisch) in Springfield, Ohio, where he graduated high school.
In December 1948, Mr. Reed enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served with honor until he retired on April 1,1969, as a Chief Master Sergeant. He met the love of his life, June Lloyd, at a Hungarian Relief Benefit Concert while serving in England. On Feb. 23, 1957, six months after he saw June sitting on top of a piano singing at the relief concert, James married June at Christ Church in Ramsgate, Kent, England. She died on April 22, 1999, in Denver.
After serving in the USAF, Mr. Reed worked at the U.S. Postal Service. He retired after 15 years as a dedicated letter carrier.
Jim and June spent the first 10 years of their retirement in Grand Lake, where they had a lovely home across from Shadow Mountain Reservoir. After June’s declining health, they moved to Windsor Gardens Retirement Community in Denver. Jim moved to Greeley in 2006 to be closer to his son’s family.
Survivors are: Son James L. Reed and his wife Joan of Evans; his daughter June A. Matson and her husband Robert Matson of Grand County; half-brother John Craver of Springfield, Ohio; sister-in-law and husband Sandra and David Canaday of Aurora; brother-in-law and wife John and Ann Lloyd of England; five grandchildren Cory and Lauren Reed and Elise, Isaac and James Matson; a great-granddaughter Adyson Krause, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Reed is preceded in death by his wife June, their parents, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Walter and Joy Wilson and Jeremy James Matson.
The memorial service will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, at The Bridge Assisted Living, 4750 W. 25th. St., Greeley.
The family asks that instead of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pregnancy Resource Connection, P.O. Box 187, Granby, CO 80446 and/or Project Beyond in care of Christ Community Church, 1301 15th Street, Greeley, CO, 80631.